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Taking Word 2007 for a test drive

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2007 is here! Not just the year, but also the software. “2007” is shorthand for 2007 Microsoft Office System, the latest update by Microsoft to its Office suite. Your office may not be planning to buy it soon, but software consultant Gini Courter of Triad Consulting says you shouldn’t let that stop you from trying out the software, available for a “test drive” on Microsoft’s web site.

“Once you’ve experienced the features for yourself,” Courter says, “you have a better chance of persuading your boss to buy it. All it takes is saying the right thing around the right person. Like: ‘Oh, this is so tough to do in the current version. And it’s so easy and cool in the next version!’”

Test-drive the applications within your browser window by going to www.microsoft.com, and clicking on “Downloads.” Then, click “Office,” and “Try 2007 Microsoft Office System Beta 2.” Finally, click “Take the Test Drive.”

Tip: If you have a spare computer, opt for “Get the Beta” to really spend some time with the software.

One of the applications worth upgrading: Office Word 2007.

A few of its new features:

Use “ribbons” instead of old menus and toolbars to change font, paragraph style, etc. Just click on one of the icons.
Result: More professional-looking letters and proposals in less time.

Design charts and tables more quickly with new clickable tools. Example: Create a good-looking phone directory in about five minutes.

Track word count as you go. Word 2007 shows a running tally of words in the status bar so you can keep track without checking manually.

Preview styles before making a change. In the old version of Word, you’d have to make style changes to your document numerous times in order to find the perfect look. In Word 2007, you can preview changes before making them in the text, saving you time and hassle.

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